1 BD recommendation SF

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Feb 2 23 Comments

Moving to SF in March from Salt Lake city, company in Presidio SF and will be moving to Downtown SF in next 6 months. Planning to rent 1 bedroom 1 bath, budget between 2.5K-3.2K. I have a car also, some friends have suggested to sell the car and rely on public transportation.

Which areas will be safe and worth looking into?

I saw Bay view, Daly city and even Oakland has some cheap options. I have heard Oakland has safety issues, any comments on that?

My primary goal is to find something which falls in my range, safe and commute time is not too long. Open to dispose car and use public transport, if that's the common consensus.

Thanks!!

YOE-3.5
TC-195K

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  • Square diBaj7
    Bayview is sketchier than Oakland. Look in the inner/outer sunset near N or L Muni stops so you can ditch the car. Avoid civic center/downtown. Daly City is cheap(er) and more car friendly, but extremely boring.

    Edit: Just saw the presidio bit, that’s gonna make commute difficult regardless. You might try inner/outer Richmond (district in SF, not the city in east bay) in that case.
    Feb 2 0
  • Intercom h3y
    Oakland is huge and varied so there’s no characterizing it wholesale. I live in one of the nicer parts, and I feel as safe walking around here as I do in SF (safer than tenderloin and probably bayview too). My rent is $1950 for a small but nice-enough 1bed. I wouldn’t love commuting to the presidio from here, though.
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      OP
      Thanks, I am making assumptions based on what I heard. I will definitely take a look before making a decision. Can you suggest few safer areas?
      Feb 4
    • Intercom h3y
      Any of the areas around Lake Merritt are generally well liked (Adams Point/Grand Lake are good, I’m less familiar with the other side). Jack London, Rockridge, and Temescal are also great with walkable areas and stuff to do. Things get really swanky up in the hills but you have to drive up and down and it’s quite far from transit.
      Feb 4
  • Facebook public2
    You need a roomate or 2x budget.
    Feb 2 2
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      OP
      Planning to stay alone for the time being.
      Feb 2
    • Facebook public2
      Then the later..
      Feb 2
  • Lyft Zero-one
    Bayview to presidio is 40-60 min commute by car, way worse by bus. It's pretty block to block in terms of safety. Oakland isn't as block to block but it's big and has plenty of nice and scary options, so you're definitely going you want to explore yourself. Best bet is probably outer sunset, but then after the move that's going to be a long if doable commute. If you were going to work in the presidio long term there's apartments right there, but again that's not a great commute downtown.
    Feb 2 2
    • Lyft Zero-one
      Daly City isn't a bad option for the price. Car commute into the presidio is not bad, Bart to downtown is pretty quick. Daly City isn't the most interesting town but ymmv
      Feb 2
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      OP
      Thanks for suggestions, the company claimed that they will move to their downtown office in June, but who knows. For the time being it will be Presidio.
      Feb 2
  • Pinterest RIRI
    Do not sell the car. Public transit sucks. Parking isn’t too awful for the most part.
    Feb 5 1
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      OP
      Yes have been contemplating about that. Glad you mentioned it. I will keep the car then.
      Feb 5
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    • Workday 54630335
      Sunset or Richmond would be best.
      Feb 3
  • New dUNA71
    Richmond or Sunset would be a good commute to the Presidio and cheaper than Marina or Downtown.
    Feb 2 0
  • Splunk H5ghy4
    Check out Marina cove apartments and North point. Not the best but that's what you get for 3k.. studio or Junior 1 bed
    Feb 2 0
  • Oath pyaasa
    1 bd in sf. All above 4k dude
    Feb 2 3
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      OP
      What you recommend then, where should I be looking? I saw 3K apartment in daly city and Bayview area though.
      Feb 2
    • Uber Shutdwn
      You can easily get a 1 br for 3K and even below. Don't buy into the hype. Spend some time on Craigslist and manage your expectations. Look at neighborhoods like inner sunset or Richmond, cole Valley and upper Haight. Plenty of options in your budget
      Feb 2
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      OP
      Thanks a lot for suggestion. I did see few good options around 2.8-3k in those areas.
      Feb 2
  • Oath pyaasa
    Will you be living alone?
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      OP
      Yes, I am planning to stay alone.
      Feb 2
  • Pinterest RIRI
    If working from presidio, live in inner Richmond. Also tons of good Asian food in that area if that’s your thing.
    Feb 5 0
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    OP
    Thanks everyone, you guys are very helpful.
    Feb 3 0